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My deep, dark secret

Bloodling teaserThose of you on my email list will already be aware of the secret I've been hugging to my chest for the last 2.5 years --- my second life writing about werewolves.

To be honest, fiction has always been my greatest passion. Non-fiction serves a purpose --- I love to learn what has succeeded or failed for others and to pass on the favor by sharing my own experiences. But fiction is the treat I look forward to at the end of a long, hard day. In fact, I read about thirty novels for every non-fiction book I open, with genres running the gamut from fantasy to women's fiction --- basically, I read everything except horror and poetry.

When I was in high school, I was astonished to find Isaac Asimov in the non-fiction section with a whole shelf of books to his name. I'd enjoyed his fiction (particularly the Norby series he wrote with his wife) and was astonished to see that he had a line of non-fiction as well.

Shiftless teaserBut when the time came to publish my own speculative fiction, I was too chicken to put it under my own name. So I invented Aimee Easterling, who has since gone on to become a USA Today bestselling author. (Yes, I do think about my fiction persona in the third person. In case you're curious, her last name is my husband's maternal grandfather's last name --- my way of (kinda) taking Mark's surname in the end.)

So if you've ever wondered why I haven't written quite as much non-fiction in the last couple of years --- that's why. Aimee's been busy taking over my fingers and typing out her tall tales instead.

Alpha Underground series

I know most of you don't read urban fantasy, so I won't bore you with details about her books in the future. But if you're interested, I'm running a big sale on my 2016 series at the moment with the prequel free and the other books marked down to 99 cents apiece. Meanwhile, Shiftless is always free on all retailers as a sampler of my earlier fiction work.

And even if you are sublimely uninterested in fantasy, I thought you might like to see yet another way that homesteading has helped us fulfill our dreams. By keeping our expenses low and growing much of what we eat, Mark and I are able to pursue our passions to the hilt. Who knows what will come next?

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Well done how exciting . I think its wonderful you have a secret life I am just not sure where you find the time..... Looking forward to reading your books.
Comment by J.P. Sat Nov 19 14:53:39 2016
I'm actually more surprised by Marks six-pack.
Comment by Chris Sat Nov 19 19:31:07 2016

J.P. --- Thanks for your support!

Chris --- You made me laugh. :-)

Comment by anna Sat Nov 19 20:45:35 2016
That is too awesome! And a model for all of us!
Comment by kaat Sun Nov 20 12:25:03 2016

When you first mentioned your alter ego, it sounded like an alias to me. The name struck me as odd, since Aimé is a French name, and not a very common one I think. If you had used Amy, I wouldn't have noticed. :-)

Anyway, I hope that your literary career will be a raging success!

Did you know that in China they don't have werewolves but weretigers? One is featured in "The chinese gold murders" (part of the "Judge Dee" series) by Robert van Gulik, originally published in 1959.

Comment by Roland_Smith Mon Nov 21 18:35:50 2016
That is so great! I think it is awesome that you are pursuing your other interests and dreams. Are you a Patricia Briggs fan? I love her Alpha and Omega series as well as Mercy Thompson. :) I'm buying your books today!
Comment by sarah Mon Nov 21 23:53:16 2016

Ha! An alter ego...

Would these books be appropriate for a 12 yr old daughter who is very in to a series in which feral cats have their own society, or is it too steamy?

Comment by Eric Tue Nov 22 21:17:33 2016

Roland --- Yeah, cleverness is always the bane of a good lie. Very interesting about weretigers! I've been interested to see the different kinds of shapeshifters in mythology in different parts of the world. They seem to be nearly ubiquitous, but with very different characteristics in different places.

Sarah --- I adore Patricia Briggs! My books are quite a bit derivative of hers because she just can't write as fast as I want her to. :-)

Eric --- Good question! Wolf Rampant is PG-13 and is likely okay for your daughter (depending on her maturity level). By popular demand, the Alpha Underground series is a bit spicier, although still pretty mild by modern standards.

Comment by anna Wed Nov 23 16:19:37 2016

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